John Muir


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14 of the boulders wh fall into it. moreover the force of the water is greatly spent ere it reaches the bottom, being received upon the elastic air as upon a cushion & borne outward & dissipated upon a surface more than fifty yards wide, this surface has an intensely clean washed swept [quick] appearance. It is the raw virgin flesh of the mountain The cave to the [west] of the fall is about [100] [feet] dia & 30 deep. Grand reverberations heard there in flood seasons. There is a missive grey [uplift] of a mountain. 15 or 20 [miles] from the [plain] The road from Redding to Yreka [runs] past. The McCloud River sweeps past with a heavy

15 dark current in front It is 2100 ft high. [Limestone] beautifully sculptured. fluted by dissolving down flow of rain. Sharp pinnacles are thus formed, not high – flutings 4 or 5 inches deep about 6 in dia. Very fine potholes, deep for width also many caves some deep & [laked]. Are a kind of potholes. [Dewdrops] an alder like [stars], [contain] [landscaping] trunk ripe in a night glorious vein on the McCloud. Oct 29th [1874] [seen] in [lense]. flash of colors. When wind [shakes] fall like ripe fruit yellow apples. A [sun] on & in each

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